Disney Scrapbook Podcast

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I am excited to share something different today - I got to be a guest on a new Disney scrapbooking podcast called Magic Memory Keepers!

Tracie and I talked about planning how to document your Disney trip. I've been debating on documenting each vacation by itself vs. making a section for each Disney park. I documented my trip to Disney in last year's Project Life, but I have other trips I want to include in an album!

You can find inspiration, layouts, tips, and more about each of the guests on the Magic Memory Keepers website. Be sure to check out Tracie and Tiffany on the Scrap Gals podcast for discussion on everything scrapbook related!

Have you scrapbooked Disney?

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Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter "B"

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I finally caved and bought one of those Heidi Swapp Marquee Letters from Michael's. I was in the store when all the supplies were 50% off and couldn't resist any longer!

I made this one for my Mom for her birthday. I love the pink glittery washi I got for the inside of the "B" - when the light is on, it really helps brighten it even more!

I used the provided letter template to trace and cut out scrapbook paper from Pink Paislee's "Bella Rouge" line. It was perfect for the washi tapes I got.

Have you made a marquee letter yet?

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Mom's birthday card

Monday, April 13, 2015

I used a new stamp set to make Mom's birthday card. It's the first time I really spent some time playing with my Studio Calico Color Theory stamps. I like them a lot!! I picked 3 stamps and made color swatches in my Repurposed Rolodex. Now when I want to stamp something, I can look at these swatches and know exactly what the colors look like.

Mom's card turned out pretty cute, but definitely not how I planned it. I got a little lost along the way and looked up projects using the stamp set on Studio Calico. I was definitely inspired by one of the example cards and made it work!

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Sympathy card

Friday, April 10, 2015

I've really been in a card making mood here lately. I got the "Sympathy" stamp set from Studio Calico a month or two ago. I love the sayings and flowers in this set. I have a friend who's been going through a rough patch and also had a death in the family. I made a little card to let her know I was thinking of and supporting her.

I stamped the flowers and stems with distress inks and painted water on top of them to give it that water color look. That gold crackled washi tape has been sitting on my table for a while - time to put it to good use!

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Project Life - February 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I did 3 pages for Project Life February 2015. I'm trying to get the hang of this "monthly" PL thing. I sort of like it, but I sort of miss the defined boundaries of doing weekly or biweekly. A months' worth of photos is a bit daunting.

First page: I documented my morning and evening routines, some of our TV shows, and some February favorites, and I got to see my friend Dana twice!

Next 2 pages:

Left: We had a big snow and lots of snow days, I went to the doctor and got good results, I reviewed the one book I read in February, and found a new obsession - pocket letters (check out some of mine here, here, and here).

How cute is this sticker from Shimelle?

Right: Joe got a bucket truck for work, I went to yoga, and we celebrated Valentine's Day.

I wrote on the back of the Chipotle receipt. I love the typography here!!

You can see my January Project Life pages here and here.

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Carnival Liberty cruise

Monday, April 6, 2015

Joe and I recently celebrated our 4th anniversary! We decided to skip Jamaica this year and do something new - a cruise! We had a great time, but I was glad to be on land after a week. :)

We drove to Port Canaveral, Florida on Saturday and spent the night at a local hotel. We went to Walmart on Sunday morning and got a few drinks and other things (we're chronic over packers). We got on the ship around noon.

We went to the Bahamas on Monday. We took a tour through town, stopped to sample some rum cake, stopped by Atlantis (I've wanted to go there for YEARS - hope to go back and stay one day), went to a rum distillery, and went to the Straw Market.

We had an "at sea" day on Tuesday. We explored the ship, watched the sun set, got dressed up for dinner, and had a drink at a cool bar called "Alchemy" - pharmacy themed, so perfect for me!


We went to St. Thomas in the USVI on Wednesday. We took an excursion to Magen's Bay. It was pretty, but it was a little cool and rainy. The sun finally came out and we got in the water for a minute. We grabbed a bite to eat, then went "shopping" which in the Caribbean, means looking at jewelry stores. We've bought some jewelry on prior trips and didn't feel like looking this time. We found a cafe with free wifi (civilization!!) and had a drink and enjoyed wifi for 30 minutes.

Oh, and then we went yacht shopping. Just kidding. We can't afford a yacht.

Thursday was our anniversary. We spent time walking around San Juan, Puerto Rico, sampling the best pina colada ever, made mojitos and other rum drinks, and then took a salsa dancing lesson. Pretty much an awesome day!! We had dinner at the Diamond Steakhouse on the ship.

On Friday, we were supposed to go power snorkeling at Grand Turk. Unfortunately, it was super windy that day and it wasn't safe for us to stop there. BOO!! But maybe it was a blessing in disguise - I ended up being sick and had a migraine that day. I don't know if I could have gone snorkeling anyways. We stayed in the room almost all day.

On Saturday we took a tour called "Behind the Fun" and toured the ship. We went backstage at the main stage, went to the laundry room, the kitchen galley, went by the morgue and jail (did you know cruise ships had those?! I didn't!), and saw where the crew lived. It was a really neat tour.

We ended our trip by going to Tampa to Busch Gardens and then driving home the next day. I had one day to do laundry and get our lives back in order before going back to work. It was a whirlwind 10 days!

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Dad's birthday card

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dad turned 59 last week.  I didn't see him on his actual birthday, but we had dinner at Red Lobster last night. Joe and I gave him an Amazon gift card so he could treat himself to a couple of albums. I also gave him a tape adapter so he can plug his iPhone into the car. It was cheap, but hopefully the audio quality is decent enough!

I made him a card using the same stamp set I used for my friend's birthday cards. I love that brush script look from Kal Barteski. I picked a few star shapes (chipboard and wood veneer) from my stash and used them to decorate the card. The candles are also part of that "Happy Something" stamp set.

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26 Books - March

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


1 - A book you own but haven't read
2 - a book that was made into a movie
3 - a book you pick solely because of the cover
4 - a book your friend loves
5 - a book published this year
6 - a book by an author you've never read before
7 - a book by an author you love
8 - a book at the bottom of your "to be read" pile
9 - a book with a color in the title
10 - a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
11 - a book you started but never finished
12 - a book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe
13 - a book with a female heroine
14 - a book set in the summer
15 - a book of poems
16 - a book you learned about because of this challenge
17 - a book that will make you smarter
18 - a book with a blue cover
19 - a book you were supposed to read in school. But didn't.
20 - a book "Everyone" has read but you
21 - a book with a great first line
22 - a book with pictures
23 - a book from the library
24 - a book you loved... read it again!
25 - a book that is more than 10 years old
26 - a book based on a true story

The first book I read was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins [affiliate link]. It satisfied the number 6 "a book by an author you've never read before". My mom read it and recommended it to me. It's about a girl that sees the same houses and people everyday on her commute and how she ends up being interwoven in their lives. I started it while we were on our cruise (look for pictures from that trip soon). It was a pretty easy read but it kept me guessing until the end. 

The second book I read was Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed [affiliate link]. I'm using it for book #26 - a book based on a true story. Cheryl experienced some tragedies and then did some soul searching on the Pacific Crest Trail (it stretches from Canada to Mexico). I can't imagine doing something like this, especially by myself. I read this book during almost every free moment I had. It was good!!

Have you read either or these books? Or have you read anything good lately?

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